U.S. President Donald Trump did the unthinkable early Thursday when he addressed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “Chairman” while appreciating the return of 55 boxes presumed to contain the remains of Americans who served in the Korean War.
The message which came in a pair of tweets saw Trump commending Kim Jong Un for fulfilling his promise which was part of an agreement reached by Trump and Kim during a June summit in Singapore.
“Thank you to Chairman Kim Jong Un for keeping your word and starting the process of sending home the remains of our great and beloved missing fallen heroes!”
Trump wrote in one tweet. “I am not at all surprised that you took this kind action. Also, thank you for your nice letter – l look forward to seeing you soon!”
It would be recalled that North Korea handed over the remains last week after a U.S. military plane made a rare trip into North Korea to retrieve the 55 cases.
Hundreds of U.S. and South Korean troops gathered for a repatriation ceremony at the Osan base in South Korea before the cases were put on military planes bound for Hawaii.
On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence and the top commander of U.S. forces in Asia, Navy Adm. Phil Davidson, formally received the remains during the emotional and solemn ceremony in Hawaii.
Pence spoke during a ceremony at Hawaii’s Hickam Air Force Base to mark the arrival of the remains on U.S. soil and the beginning of the long process of identifying them.
“They were husbands and fathers, brothers and neighbours — long gone, but never lost to the memory of their loved ones,” Pence said.
Some of the invited guests wiped tears from their eyes during the procession.
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